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Nearly 400 years after Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote , the Spanish literary sector is thriving. FP spoke to Javier Rioyo, the editor of Estravagario (a weekly book show on Spanish public television), about Spain's current reading list.
Turkey's decades-long desire to join Europe has prompted vast political reforms, and its negotiations for European Union membership are finally under way. Mensur Akgün, foreign-policy director of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation in Istanbul and associate professor at the Istanbul Kultur University, discussed the literary backdrop for Turkey's changing times with FP.
The Chinese were printing books five centuries before Johannes Gutenberg published his first Bible. To find out how Chinese literary tastes are adapting to the new millennium, FP spoke with Gao Chuanxian, the former vice director at the Bureau of International Trade and Economics of the Xianning Municipal Government in Wuhan.
In 1991, Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia helped spark the Balkan wars. Led for nearly a decade by a nationalist president, the small republic now seeks to join the European Union. FP spoke with Nenad Popovic -- the director of Zagreb's Durieux publishing house, known for its support of young authors and exiled writers -- to learn how Croatians are reconciling their post nationalist future with their recent past.